Everyone knows that medical professionals play a role in health. What about engineers?
UNICEF estimates that every year, 85,700 children under the age of 15 die from diarrhea linked to unsafe water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) conditions. Preventable WASH-related disease is the leading cause of death for displaced children. In areas of conflict, children are nearly 20 times more likely to die from diarrheal disease than from the conflict itself.
Working alongside healthcare professionals allows us to tackle problems collaboratively. Medical professionals often treat the symptoms of disease. Engineers can treat the cause. Only together can we solve health-related problems and achieve our joint goal of reduced suffering.
A SYSTEMS APPROACH TO COMPLEX PROBLEMS
Engineers are wired to break down complex problems into parts and subsystems; this is called a systems approach. Solidarity uses a systems approach to better understand and provide lifesaving aid in complex regions and crises.
INTERSECTION OF EMERGENCY AND DEVELOPMENT
Traditional humanitarian response systems categorize efforts into disaster/emergency response (which is immediate but temporary) or development (which is long-term). The reality of modern displacement is that in many cases, displacement is both an immediate disaster and a potentially indefinite circumstance.
Solidarity Engineering works at the intersection of development and emergency response, implementing emergency services in addition to long-term capital construction.
Humanitarian engineering is the use of scientific and technological skills to improve the well-being of populations with limited fundamental resources.
Solidarity works to improve the environment of people in crisis by focusing on public health interventions. Our projects are community-driven, multi-disciplinary, and focus on finding simple solutions to basic needs.